What We Love About Spain

Trip Start Jun 15, 2006
Trip End Jul 09, 2006

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Klenske, Ink.

Sitting at a Barcelona cafe enjoying coffee and a day of people watching, Kara and I began to compile a list of what we find appealing about Barcelona, and Spain (at least what we've seen of it) in general. Soon the list grew rapidly out of control, and we both concluded that perhaps we have been born on the wrong side of the Atlantic. Damn you ancestors...

1. The work schedule and general attitude towards life. Work is a means to life, not an end in and of itself. If you define who you are simply by how you earn a paycheck, then your life (to steal a Counting Crows lyric) 'is a shame, shame, shame'. Around here, shops open up when the owner gets around to it, then close for a siesta, and sometimes they just don't open again.

2. Mopeds. What a genius concept for getting around town. I think I would look quite fabulous zooming to the court house on a shiny Vespa, that is until I was run over by an oversized, gas guzzling, earth heating SUV Americano.

3. Style. To put it bluntly, it's just not the same in the cornfields of Iowa. For example, whereas mullets equal habituating Wal-Mart at home, for some reason they are the fad (punk, not trash) here. Essentially what I am saying is you can just get away with more over here. In fact, I'm comfortably wearing a pair of short pants (or long shorts) and nobody is questioning my sexuality. The metro is alive and well...along with Kara's new 80's revived look.

4. Tapas. Dinner should be enjoyed with wine and time. Never rushed, never out of a can. Small portions of numerous foods, like squid, shrimp, taters, olives, and cheese, make dinner a multi-dimensional affair apt to satisfy any ADHD appetite.

5. Cafe Culture. There's nothing better than enjoying a cafe con leche on an outside patio watching people, 'people watching me'.

6. Alleyways and Cobblestone Lanes. The grid is overrated. The best discoveries come from purposely getting yourself lost and realizing your map is useless.

7. Life Schedule. Lunch at 2, dinner at 10, night life starting at 1. These people know how to make the most out of their day.

8. The Beach. Nothing beats living by the sea, especially when clothing is optional (sometimes a good thing, but all too often a very, very, bad and disturbing thing).

Klenske, Ink.
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